The Board of Trustees of the Al-Qalam University, Katsina, has appointed Professor Shehu Garki Ado as Vice-Chancellor with immediate effect. A Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Ado is a consummate researcher of international refute. Born on 24th August 1957, at Garki, in Jigawa State. He attended Garki Primary School before proceeding to Government Secondary School Rano where at West African Examinations Council (WAEC) level he obtained division one in 1975. He won various prizes including that for overall best, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. Armed with a brilliant result, he began to demonstrate his quest for greatness by choosing a great institution, the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University. In October 1976 he was absorbed into the Faculty of Agriculture where he had his training and colourful career. Armed with a good bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, his alma mater would not let him go and immediately after the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Lagos State, Prof. Ado returned to take up appointment with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University as Graduate Assistant in 1980. He attained the pinnacle of a distinguished career when in October 2001 he earned the enviable position of Professorship. He is a member of five Professional and Honours Societies.

He was pioneer Director College of Agriculture Hadejia, National Coordinator for Maize research, former Head, Department of Plant Science, former Executive Director IAR, and former National Facilitator, Crops Intensification, National Programme for Food Security, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Abuja. He was also the National Coordinator Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Project.
Professor Ado is a team player and a team leader as well as a community leader, a seasoned administrator, an astute communicator, a distinguished scholar and an accomplished scientist. He is an icon of no mean feat, an instant inspirational and charismatic personality, a beacon of hope who from his adulthood has unleashed his genius, energy and his know-how in the service of humanity. The University don has more than two hundred scholarly publications to his credit. He had been on many technical committees at both national, regional, State, University and community levels. He lead the development and release of six maize varieties and collaborated in the development and release of 23 other maize varieties. He chaired the production of three books on Agro Raw Materials in Nigeria, contributed three book chapters and published 67 peer reviewed articles in national and international journals as well as 48 papers in edited conference proceedings. He also has to his credit 15 agricultural extension publications and reports, ten articles published in newsletters as well as 55 seminar, conference, workshop and guest papers. He is a Fellow of one Internatiolan and three National Professional and Honours Societies namely: Fellow of Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria (FICEN), a Distinguished Leadership Award for Excellence in managerial capabilities, track record of excellence, strategic management, positive vision and efficient leadership style. Fellow Agricultural Society of Nigeria (FASN), Fellow Chartered Institute of Administrators and Researchers of West Africa (FARWA), Fellow Horticultural Society of Nigeria (FHSN) and Fellow National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN).

As a lecturer, he taught nine different undergraduate and post graduate courses in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University Kano, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. In addition, he supervised 35 students seven at undergraduate and 28 at postgraduate levels. Some of his PhD students are already professors.
A widely traveled man, he has been to China, India, Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Israel, Sudan, Cameroun, Chad, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, former Yugoslavia, parts of West-Africa and the Netherlands.

S.G. Ado’s kindness knows no bound, yet he never allows his kindness to overcome his sense of duty and responsibility. Professor S.G. Ado is happily married to Hajia Sa’adatu, a trained teacher, an educationist, a University administrator, a social worker and a school proprietress. They are blessed with five children.
Professor S.G. Ado enjoys reading, writing and adventure.

Prof Ado has assumed duty with effect from May 2, 2013 as acting Vice-Chancellor, the appointment of which was confirmed in October, 2013. .